25 July 2011

Fashion, design and urban mobility

An intriguing design exhibition by RMIT University fashion students explores notions of movement and mobility in urban settings, as part of the 2011 State of Design Festival.

Fashion Design Mobility: Intersections of Movement and Fashion Design is the result of an RMIT undergraduate design studio by third-year Bachelor of Design (Fashion) students, led by School of Architecture and Design Senior Lecturer, Mick Peel.

Aligning with Mr Peel’s PhD research, the “Mobility” studio examines the tensions between creative exploration and advanced technical skills within the set parameters of movement, mobility and the urban condition.

The exhibition at Endless Cycling Gallery and Boutique, South Yarra, presents varied responses to the theme – from a triptych of hand-tailored jackets designed specifically for bicycling functionality to a project that investigates “the perfect pants” for the seated body.

Tailored pieces by Mr Peel are exhibited alongside the student works, which range from film to illustration and garments.

Mr Peel said students had created work that was both unique and highly refined.

“This project is an opportunity for me to indulge my passion for the handmade, to fine tune my tailoring techniques and to explore the notion of designing through making, all in relation to the bicycle,” he said.

Mr Peel’s PhD research at RMIT investigates the notion of designing through making, with many of his design projects occurring at the intersection of fashion and the bicycle.

Devoted to the promotion of art in cycling, Endless Cycling Gallery and Boutique is the first space of its kind in Australia. Its rotating photography, art and design exhibitions focus on cycling in all its forms.

Endless Cycling Gallery curator Graeme Periera said: “We are excited to be able to present the future ideas, studies, and commentary about the way we view mobility and movement, using fashion as a medium.

“Endless Cycling Gallery is committed to showcasing artworks that promote art in cycling, and we are pleased to be involved in exhibiting this insightful collection of works, as part of the State of Design Festival 2011.”

The exhibition is at Endless Gallery and Boutique, 6a Wilson Street, South Yarra, until 13 August. 6pm-9pm.

Student Jiwon Ahn’s design was one of a range of responses to the exhibition themes.

Student Jiwon Ahn’s design was one of a range of responses to the exhibition themes.

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